[UPDATE Apr. 10:] Alyssa Milano has just released the following statement to Us Weekly:
I realize there are much larger issues going on in the world. And I don’t want to turn this into a bigger issue than it is but I will say this … breastfeeding my children has been one of the greatest joys of my life.
Every ounce of milk I’m able to produce for my child is nothing short of a miracle and to watch that milk be thrown away without any regard for my baby, was heartbreaking. It’s not the fault of the security in the airport; they’re following orders to keep us all safe. But I do I feel it is a policy that needs thoughtful reconsideration. I’m glad this has started a dialogue. My only hope is to make things easier for moms, breastfeeding and formula feeding moms, everywhere.
[Original post Apr. 9:] Alyssa Milano, 42, was not happy when the staff at Heathrow Airport, in London, England, confiscated her breast milk at security.
Just nine hours before boarding, the actress had tweeted that pumping breast milk for her seven-month-old daughter, Elizabella Dylan, was no easy task for her—which made the blow of the confiscation that much harder.
“Pumping on a plane is difficult. Small FYI,” she tweeted.
“(1 of 2) @HeathrowAirport just took my pumped breast milk away. 10 ounces. Gone. Not okay,” she tweeted, followed by, “(2 of 2) They said they would let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me. Why would I need to pump if I had the baby with me????”
“It was less than 5 ounces per container,” she continued. “Why is my shampoo okay.”
“I would have happily spread milk in different containers (which I travel with) to comply to those liquid rules,” she concluded. “Instead, milk was taken away with no discussion. Shampoo, lotions, etcetera were simply tested and handed back with no issue. Makes no sense at all.”
Heathrow airport did tweet back to Alyssa. “Hi Alyssa. Unfortunately, without a baby present, the government requires all liquids in carry-ons to follow the 100ml rule.”
Oh no! And this just in—another tweet: “PPS. I travel w/ a portable Medela breast pump on the plane. Hoping this is just a weird coincidence but my other breast pump that I checked w/ the rest of my baggage… is lost. Everything arrived at my final destination except my hospital grade breast pump. Filling out a lost baggage claim now.”
Clearly not the greatest travel experience… Has this kind of thing happened to you while breastfeeding and travelling? And, what do you think? She’s got to feed her baby, but…security first?
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